Annie the Musical - Totally mesmerising
Nancy and I were kindly gifted our tickets by the Wales Millennium Centre
I don’t think my review will do justice to this wonderfully, encapsulating musical. In my humble opinion Annie could honestly be on par with Les Mis, my ultimate musical.
I was slightly nervous about taking Nancy to see this show as it was two and a half hours and on until way past her bedtime, but there was enough of the talented Mia Lakha as Annie to keep my young aspiring dreamer transfixed on the stage. This young lady filled the room with a voice that honestly made your neck hair stand up. She had the charisma of the original Annie and a beautiful aura that encapsulated Nancy’s heart.
For me, I was blown up my Craig Revel Horwood. We are huge Strictly fans in our household so to see Craig on the stage was just fabulous. He was the perfect Miss Hannigan. He moved around the stage with an unforgettable presence, he really well and truly lived his character to the full. I obviously knew he was a great dancer ( and he honestly really is ) but I was surprised by his vocals and more importantly his facial expressions. When he was on the stage I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was a perfect 10!
Overall, the whole cast were just tremendous. The orphanage girls were full of expression and life, inspiring my daughter. The way that the storyline flowed was well constructed to provide context and suspense for older children’s and adults with enough song and dance for the younger audience. Carolyn as Grace was bursting with elegance and glamour. Gary Davis okayed Roosevelt with real likeness. Richard Meek as Rooster was the perfect American Geezer. It is so rare that you find a flawless cast, but honestly Annie does.
I was struck by the thought and effort that went into the stage and the costumers. From creating Hoovervilles, to Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage to the cinema. There was such care, detail and delicate lighting to bring the stage to life. Then the outfits were marvellous. Nancy obviously was in love with Annie’s red coat. I obviously wanted Grace’s and Miss Hannigan well that outfit and makeup was frisky magnificent.
We drove all the way home and Nancy remained in such awe, she honestly didn’t stop talking or singing the songs. I asked her what she thought and she said ‘I loved it, because I loved the singing and Annie was wearing a beautiful dress and she was very funny. The show made me laugh.’ That was the comment from girl who only turned four a few weeks ago!
A few people asked about the suitability and what I would say is:
If they are like Nancy and always in bed by 19:00, it is worth letting them have a danger nap around 15:00 - 16:00 .
I think 5+ is the right age recommendation as the both parts were over an hour with a short break in between. Totally the show was 2 and a half hours. Nancy was totally fine because this is her fifth trip to the theatre and she just adores going. But I imagine it would be difficult if your little one doesn’t like sitting still.
Make sure you take them to the toilet just before and get to the toilet as quickly as possibly during the interval.
I would like to thank the team at the Wales Millennium Centre for inviting us. I do find the musicals that you show really inspire my daughter and gives her role models like Mia to look up to.